DNA | Last Modified - Jan 10, 2012, 04:32 AM IST
Pune: Dalit Panther founder president, Namdeo Dhasal, has demanded the state government to charge veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare for sedition for his “agitation, which was against the set format of the Constitution of the country”.
Speaking to the media in the city on Monday, he said, “Coinciding with Anna’s December fast in Mumbai, I had met the governor and demanded that he directs the state government to take suitable action against Anna and the movement for a strong Lokpal bill. The governor has forwarded my complaint to the department concerned department.”
Dhasal has been consistently raising the banner of revolt against Hazare and his movement.
Talking about the recent upheavals in the Republican Party of India (RPI)-Shiv Sena (SS)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance, Dhasal said that Dalit Panther has laid claims to 23 seats in the six municipal corporations which are going to polls soon.
“We have asked for 5 seats in Pune, 2 in Pimpri-Chinchwad and similar numbers in Mumbai, Nagpur, Solapur and Nashik. We have asked the RPI to accommodate us in the seats they would get from the other parties,” he said.
Dhasal termed the saffron alliance better than the Congress. “The Congress did not allow the Dalit leadership to progress in social front, but Ramdas Athawale was made a minister during the BJP-SS rule in the 1990s,” he said.
Recently, the relationship between Dhasal and Athawale, had undergone a rift, with Dhasal accusing the latter of “arrogance”. During a seat-sharing meeting in Mumbai, Dhasal had left the meeting.
Dhasal blamed the “second rung leadership of RPI” for insulting him but refused to implicate Athawale in the incident.